Changing behavior and thinking to reduce recidivism

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions

Pennsylvania Day Reporting Center

Reentrants referred to Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) will work through a curriculum including portions of our complete reentry service center program. These program elements are specifically designed to change criminal thinking and behavior, helping to equip individuals with tools to navigate life in the community without recidivating.

Program elements:

  • Individual Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. Individual meetings with case managers to discuss violations and status, update the individual’s treatment plan if necessary, and learn cognitive behavioral skills in the form of short, practical exercises to make positive change.
  • Group Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. Group sessions incorporating the same principles of the individual meetings, but designed to take advantage of peer support and experiences in a group setting.
  • Moral Reconation Therapy ® (MRT). A systematic, step-by-step cognitive skills rehabilitation system designed to confront the thinking errors that prevent reentrants from breaking the cycle of criminality. MRT’s intent is to develop moral decision-making strategies in individuals.
  • Onsite Cognitive Behavior Lab. The lab provides a resource for reentrants to complete on-site homework activities and find resources to aid in their progress, including GED preparation. Individuals can receive additional staff or peer support while working in the lab.